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PRESENTATION OF TESTIMONIALS. On Tuesday evening last, a public meeting was held at Zion Chapel, Trinity-street, for the purpose of pre- senting Mr. Thomas Morgan, sculptor, with various testimonials as marks of esteem, for his services in con- nection with the Temperance cause and Sabbath schools during the last twenty-two years. The chair was taken at half-past six o'clock, by S. D, Jenkins, Esq., Mayor, when the Rev. D. Phillips, of Maesteg, engaged in prayer. The Temperance choir then sung some hymns in very superior style. The Chairman, in opening the proceedings, said that it always gave him great pleasure whenever he was enabled to do anything likely to serve his fellow-men, and he had accepted the invitation the more readily from having had some knowledge of the gentleman to whom they were about to present testimonials of their esteem. It must be gratifying to all that they had, residing among them, a man whom they could so highly esteem! [t was not requisite that he should make any further re marks, as there were many gentlemen on the platform who were more intimately acquainted with Mr. Morgan. He had come there as a fellow-citizen and well-wisher, md would only express a hope that a meeting, convened for such a gratifying object, would pass off pleasantly. The Rev. W. Owen, of Canton, rose and said, that he had come there for the same motives as their worthy Chairman, but had an advantage over him inasmuch as he had known Mr. Morgan personally and intimately for more than 20 years, and he could testify that during the whole of that time he had borne an upright and unblemished character, and had gone on steadily and perseveringly in the good cause until he had realised the position in which he now stood; they had not assembled to welcome a hero from the field of battle, with his garments dyed in blood, but they had come to meet one whose garments, lie might say, were dripping with that water with which ie might say he had rescued hundreds from a Beery" grave. He thought he could best explain the objects of the meeting by giving a brief history of the )rigin of the movement. It had not been commenced imong a few obscure friends at a fire-side corner, but lad commenced in the highest quarter in the neighbour- hood—in fact on the highest point of the Garth °Moun- ;airi-where it was first mooted in the hearing of some ;housands, assembled at a Temperance Association on ;he 7th of August, 1856. It was proposed by E. G. Salisbury, Esq., barrister-at-law, and the present Mem- ber of Parliament for Denbigh the motion was se- :onded by the Rev. J. Horatio Thomas, Vicar of Pen- iyrch, and supported by the Revs. Dr. Jones, of Bangor, Dr. Thomas, of Pontypool College, and other ministers md gentlemen. It was carried by the unanimous voice )f the vast assemblage, who resolved that Mr. Morgan was eminently deserving of a token of respect for the ser vices he had rendered to the cause during 21 years throughout all parts of the Principality, by which he had been the means of reclaiming hundreds of habitual drun- kards. He regretted that he was not able to give the exact number of friends who had testified their concurrence by putting their names on the subscriptions, but he knew that they were many hundreds. This evening he was rejoiced to find so many friends and neighbours assem- bled to pay honour where honour was due, and to mani- fest their respect for their respected fellow-townsman. The presence of the representatives of so many denomi- nations meeting for one common purpose reminded him strongly of the meeting of the recent Evangelical Alli- ance at Berlin, as they had also the local representative. of our Queen presiding over them. Cardiff was this evening honouring one of her own sons, for Mr. Morgan was Cardiff bred and born. Mr. Owen then remarked that Cardiff had contributed, within his recollection, but two men of eminence to the Christian pulpit-the late Rev. E. Morgan, the lamented brother of their guest, and Dr. Thomas, of Pontypool College- He was then reminded of the Rev. F. Lewis, and expressed the pleasure he felt in adding such a name to make up an illustrious trio. He added that the reputation of Mr. Morgan was not merely local but had spread, according to the old Welsh sayin?, 0 Gaergybi 1 Gaerdvdd." This was literally true, for it was well known that if on any day it was announced that Mr. Morgan would de- liver a lecture amid the ruins of Carnarvon Castle, some 5,000 to 10,000 people would assuredly assemble to hear him. He only wished that it were consistent with cus- tom that he should address them this evening, he would thrill them with his eloquence. Other able speakers would, however, address them, and it would not be wise in him to occupy their time with further remarks, or to delay the interesting ceremony which they had assem- bled to witness. (Loud applause.) The Chairman then called upon Miss Mary John and Miss Phoebe Davies, who brought forward, on two salvers, a very handsome Silver Tea and Coffee Service, consisting of tea-pot, coffee-pot, sugar basin, and cream ewer, which they presented to Mr. Morgan in the name of the Teachers and Scholars of Zion Sunday School. The Chairman next called upon Mrs. N. Thomas, who placed around the neck of Mr. Morgan a gold Chain to which was attached a very handsome Gold Watch, pre- se ited in the name of the Cardiff Temperance Society. The Chairman next called upon Mrs. W. Owen and Miss Phillips, who presented to Mr. Morgan a very large Portrait of himself, beautifully painted in oil colours and handsomely framed, as a testimonial from the Tem- perance Societies of North and South Wales. The choir then struck up with great spirit, Meibion Dirwest." The Rev. W. Owen read letters from the Rev. Dr. Thomas, of Pontypool College; the Rev. John Walters, of Ystradgylais and Thos. Jenkins, Esq., of Briton- ferry, expressive of regret at being unable to attend. Mr. Thomas Morgan then stood forward and said, that whatever virtue he had not, there was one of which he was possessed to a large amount, but it was one which disabled him from speaking much—it was gratitude to which he laid claim. However much he might be liable on ordinary occasions, to a charge of volubility of speech, or of going over the mark of a public meeting he had this evening lost his usual habit. In fact if he had been able to express his feelings, it would have been a proof of the existence of ingratitude. He could, however only prove the sincerity of those feelings by 20 years of labour in the general interest, if so long spared—that was the only manner by which he could hope to repay them. He had never before been in a position in which he could not speak-there was nothing so insipid as to hear a man speaking about himself, the more especially if he were praising himself. His friends had spoken very kindly of his feeble efforts during the last 20 years; but he was himself only conscious of a desire to do good if it had been in his power, and whatever had been deficient in action he wished to live to remedy by more effectual efforts. He had never before received a public testi- monial, and it so happened that he had never been present at any time when one was presented. Among the kind gifts was a second edition of himself, and it was silent—thus giving him, perhaps, a useful hint. Mr. Morgan then related a humourous anecdote of Mrs. Edy, whom he described as his mother in the cause of total abstinence, and who had presented him with a box inscribed Hear, see, and say nothing." Mr. Morgan, alluding to Mrs. Edy, said, that if the present generation of Baptists were not teetotallers, all the old ones were for his own part he felt that if cold water did not make him stout it gave him nerve—it made him elastic if not, everlasting. (Laughter and applause.) He then alluded to the presence of Mr. C. Vachell, who he said had been in the field for temperance when many now present were little boys. He said that Mr. Vachell and himself had commenced the temperance cause in Newbridge 20 years ago. Since then hundreds of drunkards had been there reclaimed. If all the surgeons in the country were onlv to sanction the cause an immense amount of good would be effected. [Mr. Vachell: It would spoil their trade.] (Laughter.) Mr. Morgan then begged that his friends would excuse his imperfect remarks, and would accept his most tamest expression of heartfelt thanks for their great kindness. Mr. Morgan resumed his seat amidst loud plaudits Mr. Alderman Vachell was then called upon, and addressed the meeting, referring to his long acquain- tance with Mr. Morgan and his family, and the great value of temperance. The Rev. D. Phillips, of Maesteg, addressed the meeting in the Welsh language, in a strain of telling eloquence, dwelling Impressively on the value of sym- pathy as a great moral power in the work of reforma- tion. Mr. John Jones, (Bute Docks,) spoke in Welsh and English, in his usual eccentric but intensely humorous manner. Mr. Meyrick John and Mr. Henry Thomas, read a Welsh address and Welsh verses, composed in honour of the occasion of Dewr Wyn o Essvllt." The Rev. N. Thomas, (Baptist; Rev. F. Lewis, and Rev. Isaac Jenkins, (Wesleyans,) and Rev. A. Tilley, (Baptist,) addressed the meeting, and the choir sang' several pieces in superior style. On the motion of Mr. J. Elliott, seconded by R. Corey, junr., the thanks of the meeting were voted to the ladies who had made the arrangements for the testimonials. On the motion of the Rev. F. Lewis, seconded by Rev. N. Thomas, thanks were voted to the chairman, who acknowledged the compliment, and the large meet- ing separated.



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